Mayor Jorge Elorza has appointed a U.S. Navy veteran as the city’s new director of public works. Elorza announced today that he has tapped Russell P. Knight, who has more than 30 years of operational and administrative experience in the Navy, to run a department that touches just about every Providence resident.
Knight served as vice-president for administration and operations at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, where he was in charge of more than 600 employees and a $95 million annual budget.
Larry Eichler, who has been the acting executive director of the Providence Talks education program, has left City Hall. Eichler confirmed his resignation today in a brief interview, saying he is leaving to ``explore other opportunities.’’
Providence Talks is the celebrated program, funded by a $5 million grant from a philanthropy financed by the media magnate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, that is trying to help disadvantaged children expand their vocabularies.
Eight years since the height of the national foreclosure crisis, Providence faces a plague of vacant houses, blighting neighborhoods. Now the capital city’s new mayor is ramping up efforts to combat the issue. One home on the city's West Side is a success story; it's part of the ambitious plan to create many more in the state capital.
On a cold, sunny morning in March a massive front end loader tears into a tan, two-story home, on Marshall St. on the West Side of Providence. A group of neighbors and passersby watch from across the street.
Wendy Nilsson has been appointed the new superintendent of the Providence Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Jorge Elorza announced today.
Nilsson is founder and director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit organization that brings community, business and citizen resources together to improve city parks. She has also worked with the Boston Community Centers and the Rhode Island Department of Education. Nilsson holds a master’s degree in education.